Senior Capstone Paper

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All seniors must pass the Senior Capstone Paper in order to qualify for a diploma from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.



Students will demonstrate mastery of research techniques in a well-developed, mechanically sound research paper using proper MLA (Modern Language Association) documentation style.

  1. Seniors will conduct a sustained research project that answers a question or solves a problem, writing a 3-page minimum research paper (5 or more for Honors English 12 and AP English Literature).
  2. Students will gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, assess the strengths and limitations of the sources, and use MLA format for citations.
  3. Students will follow a specific timeline of tasks to complete the paper, including making a proposal, writing an outline, completing a rough draft, and turning in a final, polished paper.
  4. Topics are subject to English teacher approval.